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Sathiyan ends national TT title drought with win over Sharath Kamal

G. Sathiyan beat Sharath Kamal 4-2 to win his maiden national title at the Senior National Table Tennis Championships
G. Sathiyan beat Sharath Kamal 4-2 to win his maiden national title at the Senior National Table Tennis Championships
Srijanee Majumdar

Ace Indian paddler G. Sathiyan fulfilled a long-standing dream on Tuesday when he won the 82nd National Table Tennis Championships crown in Panchkula.

Pitted against close rival and nine-time champion Sharath Kamal, Sathiyan won the final (4-2) with the scoreline 11-6, 11-7, 10-12, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8.

Anticipation was high once Sharath and Sathiyan made it to the final and expectely, the match turned out to be exhilarating. The duo's repertoire of strokes was on display, especially during the fast-paced rallies in the match.

82nd Senior National Table Tennis Championships Results
82nd Senior National Table Tennis Championships Results

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Two of the leading Indian paddlers faced off in the National TT final three years ago in Cuttack as well. But it was Sharath who came out victorious that time.

Had Sharath won in Panchkula, this would have been his record-extending tenth national title.

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Sharath Kamal
Sharath Kamal

In recent years, Sathiyan has shown his mettle by rising up the ranking ladder.

Arguably one of the finest table tennis players that India has produced, Sathiyan also became the first Indian to break into the top 25 of the ITTF world rankings. He achieved a career-best world ranking of 24 in 2019.

List of men's singles champions at National TT Championship over the years
List of men's singles champions at National TT Championship over the years

With the Olympic qualifiers scheduled for next month, the current world no. 37, who has been in the form of his life, will look to capitalize on the opportunity and book a ticket for the Tokyo Olympics, starting from July 23.

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In the semifinals, Sharath beat Manav Thakkar 11-8, 5-11, 14-12, 11-9, 9-11, 17-15 to while Sathiyan made a clean sweep of 4-0 against Snehit Fidel.


Edited by Sankalp Srivastava

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